Here is Allison's RAW Denver art promo video from her September Showcase! 


Allison has been invited to be a featured artist at Denver's Sol Shine Art Gallery in the Lower Highlands area.  She will be showing her work the entire month of January, with the artist reception scheduled the third Saturday of January.  Check it out! 


Allison has been invited to be a featured artist at Epernay Lounge's November 6th Artist Lounge in Denver, Colorado.  She will be showing her newest works alongside five other artists that night from 6:00pm until 10:00pm.  Check out her exhibits page to see the event poster!


Allison's RAW show was a great success!  She will now be able to show her work in another RAW show around the United States, which she will announce in the not-so-distant future.


Denver RAW has invited Allison to be a featured artist at their upcoming arts showcase, SCOPE.  It will be on Thursday, September 25, at City Hall from 8:00pm until midnight.  Check out her exhibits page for more information!


Allison will be having a solo First Friday event at the Chop Shop Hair Studio again on May 3, 2014!  This will be her "going away" art show, as she has accepted another elementary art teaching position in Denver, Colorado for the upcoming school year.  Definitely come check out her most recent body of work before she makes her big move West.


Allison and her studiomate Chelsie Nunn will be hosting another November First Friday art reception on November 1, 2013 at the Birdhouse in Knoxville.  Check out her exhibits page and facebook event to see more!   


Allison's art studio, Vacuum Shop Studios, is announcing an Open Studio for the upcoming October First Friday on October 4.  Stay tuned for more details about this event!

Allison has also secured a November First Friday art exhibit at Knoxville's own Birdhouse in the Historic 4th and Gill neighborhood.  She will be posting more details soon. 

04.29. 2013

Allison is ready for First Friday!  Vacuum Shop Studios is holding an open studio this First Friday, May 3, from 7-10pm.  Come on out and check out what the artists have been working on.

Check out the studio announcement here: http://vacuumshopstudios.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/open-studio-night/


Allison is now a member of the Vacuum Shop Studios in Knoxville, Tennessee!  The Vacuum Shop Studios are a collaborative work space for artists in Knoxville in the former location of a vacuum repair shop.  They are located at 1326 Broadway.  The artists of Vacuum Shop Studios are Eleanor Aldrich, Briena Harmening, Kelly Hider, Emmy Lingscheit, Guen Montgomery, Chelsie Nunn, Allison Pickett, and Jessie Van der Laan.


Allison's First Friday opening reception for her show la perche. is Friday, March 1, from 7:00p.m. until 8:30p.m. at the Chop Shop Hair Studio in the Happy Holler area of Knoxville.  Photos to come!


Allison has secured her first solo First Friday art show at the Chop Shop Hair Studio for the month of March!  The opening reception for this show titled la perche. will be on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 7:00p.m.  She will be adding more photos of this series soon. The series is inspired by the interesting nature of the fish in connection to the organic beauty of water. 


The Opening Reception for Body + Brain went very well with a surprising number of people attending.  The show will be hanging at the Arts Council of Oak Ridge until December 29, 2012.


Allison will be exhibiting her work along with a fellow Knox County art educator, Chelsie Nunn, in the coming weeks.  This exhibit is titled "Body + Brain," a title that embodies the current inspiration and direction for both Allison and Chelsie's works.  This week-long exhibit will be at the Arts Council of Oak Ridge, and the Opening Reception will be on Monday, December 3 from 6:30p.m. until 8:30p.m.  The show will be open to the public from December 3, until December 29, 2012. 


Allison attended a Tennessee Art Education Association Fall Conference at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, where she took a two-day bookmaking course.  It was an excellent time for Allison to engage in her creativity and meet other art educators from across Tennessee.  She incorporated collage techniques as a main approach for her books. 


Allison recently returned from Guatemala where she backpacked around the country and volunteered with a non-profit called A Heart for Guatemala.  During her travels, she led a creative team in completing an underwater-themed mural for a new preschool in Panajachel, Solola.  They spent anywhere between five and seven hours a day over the course of two days to complete this large task.  Allison was extremely pleased in the outcome of this project and hopes to be involved in similar projects in the future.


Allison recently participated in a Dogwoods Arts Festival group exhibit called Art Source:

"Every day, Knox County art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity and critical skills in their students.  For more than a decade, the Knox County Art Educators Exhibition has given these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.   The exhibition has greatly increased awareness of the importance of art education in Knox County."

Located at the UT Downtown Gallery on South Gay Street, Allison and her colleagues had an excellent turn out at the opening reception that took place on May 26, 2012.  Art Source will certainly be a group exhibit that she will be involved in next year, as well. 


Allison completed a six-piece series in accordance with her exhibit in Jackson, Tennessee:  "Branches Without."  This series is now hanging in the Midtown Memphis YoLo.  Allison will post opening reception details soon.


Allison finished her eleven-piece series for her upcoming YoLo exhibit, "Branches Without."  You can find information on this exhibit throughout the website.  Be sure to view the photos of the exhibit as they are updated. 

Also, Allison added a new exhibits page to the site which will contain images from current and past exhibits. 


In a rush of inspiration, Allison created a mixed media art work titled "Daffodil in Current News." This work is very similar to a daffodil painting Allison previously created, though this one takes on more contrast and different color combinations.  She will be showing this in the Bijou Theatre show along with her recent MLK, Jr. portrait, one of her nude charcoal portraits, and one of her male face paper lithographs.  (See her in the studio page.)


Allison used the beginning days of the new year drawing a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of his upcoming holiday.  This portrait, titled "Still Fighting," will be entered in an art exhibit honoring him in Knoxville's King Week 2012, showcasing art from participating Knox County art teachers.  Allison used both compressed and white charcoal pencils to create this portrait.


Recently, Allison has been working on her largest painting yet:  a 37" x 73" hand-stretched canvas incorporating current local, national, and international events with a lone Birch tree.  She became inspired to paint such a tree while on a hiking trip in the Smoky Mountain National Park.  Her aim is to include newspaper articles written on current events, tying them to an overwhelmingly large tree as the focal point.  She plans to enter this painting in the upcoming Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee.